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Man Utd legend Paul Scholes ‘hated service in England and quit after being told he had been bullied into playing’

MANCHESTER UNITED manager Mick Clegg has revealed Paul Scholes once told him he hated playing for England.

Scholes won 66 caps for the Three Lions and represented his country in four major tournaments.

Manchester United manager Mick Clegg has claimed Paul Scholes hated playing for England

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Manchester United manager Mick Clegg has claimed Paul Scholes hated playing for EnglandCredit: PA:Press Association

But Clegg recalled a lengthy conversation between him and that Manchester United Legend from 2004 in which Scholes revealed his feelings.

The midfielder was often used on the left flank England to accommodate Steven Gerhard and Frank Lampard in the middle.

And bosses Sven-Goran Eriksson, Glenn Hoddle and Kevin Keegan have never really managed to get the most out of Scholes, who has won 11 league titles, three FA Cups and two Champions League trophies at club level.

Clegg wrote in his new book: The power and the glory: “[Paul] said he hated playing for England, which came as a bit of a shock.

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“I asked him why he keeps showing up and he said, ‘Well it’s England, you have to do that’.

“Paul was concerned about the reaction he would get from the rest of the country if he stopped playing for England.”

Clegg went on to reveal that he had advised Scholes that he would be “bullied” into playing for England.

And shortly after the two talked in 2004, Scholes retired from international football seven years after his England debut.

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He ended his international career in a shock announcement aged just 29.

However, Clegg doesn’t know if it was his words that prompted Scholes to end his career in England to focus solely on Manchester United.

He continued: “I asked him if he’d ever felt that way playing for his school side or with his friends or for United – and he said it was different. He loved that.

“I told him he’s being pushed into doing something that goes against his own instincts.

“Not long after that he was packing in international football. Was it because of our conversation? I don’t know because we never spoke about it again.

“I know he didn’t like being away from home. He was always a family man and didn’t want to be separated from his wife and children.

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“If you leave with England and you’re not happy, you won’t be at your best on the pitch.”

Scholes played at Old Trafford until his retirement in 2011 but returned a year later for the 2012/13 season before finally calling it quits.

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